Cory Olcott Completes Harvard School Leadership Program
Before beginning his career, Cory Olcott received a BA in English literature from Northwestern University and earned an MA in English and education from Stanford University. He founded the Menlo School women’s water polo program while finishing his master’s degree and continued to coach the team for several seasons, winning a league championship in his fourth season. Upon obtaining a California Teaching Credential, Cory Olcott began teaching high school writing and literature classes at Pinewood School in Los Altos, California.
Subsequently, Mr. Olcott worked as a manager and consultant for a number of diverse Northern California companies. He returned to the education field as an English teacher for Woodside Priory School. As chair of Woodside Priory’s English Department, Cory Olcott oversaw 10 teachers, restructured the department’s course offerings, and served on the Technology and Student Leadership and Academic Affairs Committees. During this period, he also acted as assistant coach for the 2009 National and Junior National Champion Stanford Women’s Water Polo Club.
In 2012, Mr. Olcott completed the Harvard University School Leadership Program (SLP), which included a school principal internship at TechBoston Academy. Through the Harvard program, he gained experience implementing technology solutions in the classroom, coaching teachers to exceed district standards, and leading transformative change policies. Drawing on this skillset, Cory Olcott currently serves as Dean of the Sophomore Class and Director of Student Activities for Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Three Benefits of Modern Classroom Technologies
Longtime educator Cory Olcott works with the TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, Massachusetts, where he strives to improve classroom outcomes through technology and collaborative learning techniques. Technology in education is a priority for Cory Olcott, a proponent of online learning and other technology-focused learning methods.
Technology in the classroom has advanced greatly in recent years. Today's students are enjoying many benefits of these technologies, including:
-Flexibility in teaching and assignments. Tools such as Google Classroom allow teachers to assign different tasks to different students or groups of students. This makes it easier to tailor lessons to meet a wider range of needs and challenge students working at different levels.
-Preparation for a technology-focused workforce. Aside from developing fundamental computer literacy, students are learning about coding and programming at earlier ages. They are gaining hands-on, practical experience in avenues that will aid them professionally later.
-Collaboration with a wider range of peers. Students who learn online often get to collaborate with peers, educators, and experts around the world. This applies not just to distance learners, but students in traditional classrooms as well.